Did you know that they average American gains five pounds over the holiday season? Here are my top ten simple methods to fight the battle of the bulge and have a healthy Thanksgiving!
1) Exercise-many communities have Thanksgiving runs in the morning before the big meal. Running in the morning will boost your metabolism throughout the day. It will also make you less hungry and more motivated to eat well.
2) Portion control-one plate, and no more. Most of the plate should consist of vegetables and some fruit. Make sure you include a protein as well.
3) Stick with vegetables! Have a salad with oil and vinegar on the side.
4) Stick to white meat. The white has less fat and generally healthier than the dark. Breast over legs for the same reason. Red meats and pork products should be eaten sparingly, if at all.
5) Stay away from processed foods, such as cranberry sauce out of a can, sausage, bacon, or others. These products are extremely unhealthy. They disrupt metabolism and have been linked to cancer.
6) Drink water as the beverage of choice. Water contains zero calories and is needed for almost every metabolic reaction in the body. If you are looking for some flavor, try adding lemon.
7) If you must have dessert, limit yourself to one small piece.
8) Stay away from the rolls and butter. They will destroy a healthy diet.
9) Avoid adding condiments and additional salt, sugar, and butter. Most thanksgiving dishes have plenty of the aforementioned, no need to add any more.
10) Go for a walk after the meal. This will burn additional calories and get you moving.
Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over twelve years. He is a chiropractic physician that is double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition. He is also a certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.